Manchester tries to ban English Defence League protest

Council chiefs have failed to get the government to ban a demonstration in Manchester by a right-wing group which claims to oppose Islamic extremism.

The English Defence League (EDL) plans to host a protest in the city next month.

Manchester City Council, religious leaders and city traders asked the Home Office to stop the event after a similar recent protest turned violent.

But the Home Office said it had no power to ban “static demonstrations”.

The council said it was concerned that shoppers and residents could become caught up in possible trouble caused by the EDL event.

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